Getting Here
Laos can be reached by land, air and river from neighboring Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and China. There is regular air service to Laos on Thai International, Viet Nam Airlines, Lao Airlines, China Southern and Bangkok Airways. The busiest entry-exit point is the Friendship Bridge that connects Vientiane to Nong Khai, Thailand. Another popular overland border crossing is Houeixai that links northern Thailand's Chiang Rai province to northwestern Laos at the center of the infamous Golden Triangle.

Boun Bang Fai (Rocket Festival) is held from early to mid-May, depending on the locale, to pray for rain and to celebrate fertility. In the morning, villagers perform rituals at their local temples, and then in the afternoon, they gather in the fields on the outskirts of villages and towns to launch their self-made rockets.